Current Organized Group Runs in IOWA
(Let us know if you have or know about others)


Coaching and personal training for runners and triathletes


Des Moines

Des Moines Univ. area

Drake area



West Des Moines

North East side - Altoona


Drake area

South side








Cedar Rapids

Davenport - Quad Cities

Fort Madison


Mt Pleasant


Storm Lake

Webster City

Beginning Running Groups

Type - Location

Des Moines - Clive area

6 p.m. Mondays April to Oct., starts at the gazebo in Campbell Park in Clive. (Capital Striders running Club) For more info contact Curt Hoegh, 226-0860. Full info here


Each Monday April through Oct. at 6:00 PM.
Starts at the Blue Shelter at Prairie Ridge complex (East of Aquatic Center) in Ankeny. We're looking for new runners/walkers as well as current runners who are looking to improve. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Info: Dan Phone-515-710-8101. Full info here


Sponsored by (Capital Striders Running Club)

Where: Gazebo @ Young’s Park, VA Medical Center, Knoxville When: Thursday nights @6:00 pm, beginning on April 6th and running to October. For additional info, contact Luanne DeZwarte or 641-842-4850

Speedwork training groups

Type - Location

Ames - Wed. eve.

Speed workouts at the Ames High School track organized by Beth Henriksen. Every Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Mt Pleasant - Thur. eve.

Every Thursday Night at 5:30 pm the club meets at the Mapleleaf Track (Mar. thru Oct.) and indoors (Nov. thru March) for speed workouts. There is a variety of speeds and distances. Contact Lyle Murray or 319-850-0867.


Thursday @ 11:45am from Campbell Park in Clive. near the Gazebo. Loran Storts 515-707-7845

Coaching and Personal Training


Zoom Performance

Personal coaching specializing in running and triathlon training.

Jenny Weber, J.J. Bailey, and Matt Zepeda & others

The Body Project - Tim Ives

Fitness and distance running

Tim Ives at 515-971-7729

IronWorks Fitness

Runners and triathletes

Loran Storts at 515-707-7845

Educated Running Coach
Waukee Head Boys Cross Country Coach
Mid-Distance & Distance, Track & Field

 Josh Maxwell

Profile & Background:


Natural Running Coaching

Just what it sounds like

Angie Hotz

Distance runs - Des Moines Area

Type - Location

Downtown Des Moines,

(Principal Financial Group)

11:40 AM. daily at 711 High Street. (Ryan Elsbernd)

Monday: 6-7 miles at an 8 mpmp (minute per mile pace) intended to be a group run.

Tuesday: 5-8 mile tempo run. The first miles are together then everyone breaks up into groups according to their pace: 5:45 mpmp on up.

Wednesday: 5 miles 8-8:30 mpmp intended to be a recovery run. Everyone sticks together

Thursday: track workout at the Water Works Park Arboretum (USATF Certification Number IA01003MF*). A 1.5 mile warm-up followed by a variety of 400 - 1600m repeats.

Friday: 5-7 miles at 8 mpmp intended to be a group run.

Des Moines Univ.
Grand Ave.

Sponsored by (Capital Striders running Club)

Thursday Eve at 6:15 PM from Zims Resteraunt, 3124 Ingersoll. (Capital Striders running Club) About 6-mile loop on Grand and Ingersoll. Elaine Van Dyck - 515-277-7641.

Drake Area

Sponsored by (Capital Striders running Club) and Fitness Sports

Winter Spring Training Group Sat. morning runs from 4 to 20 miles from brginning January thru June., (2-3 distances each week. Meet at Meredith Hall on the Drake U. campus. Typically 50 to 90 runners at paces ranging from 6 minutes per mile to 12 minutes per mile. Water provided. Ph. 515-277-4785, ask for Steve. This Sat. morning program is followed in June by a Summer-Fall Group starting from the South side of Des Moines (Grays Lake). Summer / Fall Training Run details here

West Des Moines / Clive

Sponsored by (Capital Striders running Club)

7:00 a.m. Sunday at the east trailhead of the Clive Trail on 86th Street (behind the Grease Monkey, people also sometimes meet at Brueggers - see below). (Capital Striders running Club) About 10 miles out and back. Pace is 6:30- to 10-minute miles. The group nearly always adjourns to the nearby Bruegger's on 86th (north of University) for an hour or so of socializing. Ed Bell, 515-223-5959 e-mail here

6 p.m. Mondays at the gazebo in Campbell Park in Clive. (Capital Striders running Club) For more info contact Curt Hoegh, 226-0860. Full info here.

These runs occur from April to Oct. only.

West Des Moines

8:30 a.m. at Dahl's on Grand in West Des Moines (10th & Grand). Three to seven mile run followed by breakfast and conversation. Group has met for 25 years and welcomes new runners. 8-11 mpm. Tom Schoelerman, 223-6181. e-mail here


Sponsored by (Capital Striders running Club) and the Des Moines Marathon

Long Runs scheduled for: Saturdays beginning June @ the Fountain in Des Moines Waterworks Park on Fluer Drive. Sponsored by the Capital Striders.Capital Striders running Club Program ends in Oct. The Winter-Spring program starts in Jan. See Drake area runs above.


Sun. @ 7 AM. at the Altoona Campus
Long runs in preparation for the Des Moines Marathon.

Distance runs - Outside Des Moines Area

Type - Location


sponsored by Ames Area Running Club


Team Vardo

AARC-related group runs;

Sunday (4 to 7 miles) & Tues. (4 miles) mornings at 1112 Ridgewood (Tom & Judy Jackson's house), 7 AM

Group runs Wednesdays and Fridays from Ames Racquet & Fitness Center at 5 AM. (Tom Jackson.)

Organized distance runs on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Ames Park & Rec - Julie Vardaman

Saturday Galen Wilke's house, 2136 Friley Dr. for 10 mile runs at 5:30 AM. Mike Clayton

Jonathan Wendel and/or Beth Henricksen schedule an additional weekend run that varies in mileage (6 - 20 miles), time, and location every week. Contact them to be placed on their weekly mailing list.

"Team Vardo" runs. Group runs on Tuesdays (5:30 PM), Thursdays (5:30 PM), and Saturdays (times vary). The Tuesday runs begin at the Ames City Hall Community Center. The start location for the Thursday and Saturday runs varies. Weekday runs are generally three to seven miles in length. Saturday runs are generally six to ten miles. For more information, contact George Klotzbach at 515-233-1789.
Annual Ames Parks and Recreation Dam to Dam Training Class - "Team 12.4"
Beginners meet on Tuesdays (short runs and training information) and Saturdays (long runs). New this year, workouts for more advanced runners will be held on Thursdays. Initial meetings will be held at the Ames Community Center, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames. Runners will receive a training calendar detailing future run locations during the first week.
Informational meeting on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm; Class begins Tuesday, March 20th at 5:30pm and concludes with Dam to Dam.
Julie Vardaman, 515-450-0295


Join Ankeny area runners for group runs Saturday mornings at 8 am starting at HyVee Gas on North Ankeny Boulevard. We will start at and 8:00 pace or just under and never drop under a 7:00 pace for a 5 mile or so run. Those training for longer races can add mileage. Jim Robidoux, (515) 418-1087, "Facebook Ankeny Runners Club"

Each Monday at 6:00 PM beginning April 14th and
continues into October.

WHERE: Blue Shelter at Prairie Ridge complex (East of Aquatic Center)
This will be the 1st year of this running group in Ankeny. We're looking for new runners/walkers as well as current runners who are looking to improve. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We hope to have 40-80 runners at each session. Get out those running shoes and join us! Info: Dan Phone-515-710-8101. Full info here


The Scenic Valley Pacers Running Club (Boone), is starting April 3rd. Meetings will be every Thursday from 7-8:00pm. Three 10 week sessions, Sponsored by the Boone County Family YMCA. Education and exercise…fun!! Danielle

Cedar Rapids

sponsored by the Cedar Valley Running Assn

Tuesdays:. . . . . .link to details
On Tuesday evening, track workouts are at the Washington High School track at 6 pm.
Workout consistes of three phases. We start off with a 2 mile warm-up. This is followed with 3 miles of speed work incorporating 1/4, 1/2 and 1 mile repeats.
We end with a 2 mile cool-down.
On Thursday evening the group run will leave from the Nassif YMCA at 5:30 pm. Choose your distance!
If no local race is scheduled...A group run leaves at 7:00 am. from Running Wild. Choose your distance!
On Sunday morning the group will meet at the Sac & Fox Trail at 8 am. Choose your distance!

Fort Madison

sponsored by the Madison Milers.

Meet at 8AM on Saturdays and 5:30PM on Tuesdays. Locations vary each month so we can keep it fresh, and location information is available on our FaceBook page, Madison Milers.


Sponsored by (Capital Striders Running Club)

Where: Gazebo @ Young’s Park, VA Medical Center, Knoxville When: Thursday nights @6:00 pm, beginning on April 6th and running through October. For additional info, they can contact Luanne DeZwarte or 641-842-4850

Mt Pleasant

Sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Running Club

The Southeast Iowa Running Club meets every Monday night at 5:30 pm at the shelter at Eastlake Park for a group run. The pace is varied and the distance is generally 4 and up. Some nights circuit runs are done due to peoples time constraints. These runs occur from March to Oct. 15th only. Walkers are encouraged to join as well as parents bringing kids. There are usually other kids present. You do not have to be a member to run with the group.

To get more information contact John Feehan at 319 385-8966 or Lyle Murray at 319 850-0867.


Tuesday and Thursday mornings: 5:00 a.m. Meet at the Berg Middle School in Newton. Melissa Butler, Raceway Running and Biking Club of Newton: 641-792-6449.

Storm Lake

The Storm Lake Running Club meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the east parking lot of King's Point Resort. The runs begin promptly at 6:15. At approximately 7:15 we all meet back up on the patio of Regatta Grill for a post run social and an educational training-related presentation.
Runners of all ability levels are welcome to attend.

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